Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier, CDU, steigt in seinen Dienstwagen (Audi) nach einer Pressekonferenz in Berlin, 17.04.2019. Berlin Deutschland *** Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier CDU gets into his Audi company car after a press conference in Berlin 17 04 2019 Berlin Germany PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xFlorianxGaertner/photothek.netx

The last month of the nine-euro ticket has begun, and the question of what will follow is becoming increasingly pressing. The Greens and the Left have spoken out in favor of a nationwide cheap local transport ticket beyond August. For financing, they propose the abolition of the company car privilege.

Green parliamentary group leader Katharina Dröge told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “Such a public transport ticket can be financed by reducing the so-called company car privilege.” Companies can deduct the costs for company cars from taxes. For the employees, the use of the car is almost completely free of charge.

Left party leader Martin Schirdewan also said on Monday that a one-euro ticket demanded by his party could be financed by abolishing this regulation.

Dröge told the Funke newspapers that a reduction in the company car privilege “would be positive for climate protection and justice in two senses”. She also called for a quick decision: “We need a nationwide, cheap local transport ticket.”

The decision is now possible and necessary. ”The evaluation in November promised by Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) comes too late.

The nine-euro ticket is a real hit and a complete success, said Dröge. “If more people decide to switch to bus and train, that’s good for the climate and for less traffic on the streets.” In addition, the ticket relieves people with low incomes in particular, who are currently suffering from the high prices.